REF`s advocates for a fair and inclusive society in order to bring educational equity to Roma. It is pivotal to Roma students having equal chances and opportunities to access quality education, and to Roma graduates and parents having social and economic welfare through employment and for communities to be empowered so that their voices and interests to be heard. Educational policy frameworks need to be shaped to address institutional biases by setting up a pathway to justice, equality and empowerment where Roma have the possibility to develop our societies together.
In particular, REF’s advocacy aims to match its interventions with its objectives, those being to:
– Close the gap in education between Roma and non-Roma,
– Improve access to quality education,
– Ensure an increased number of Roma graduates from all education level,
– Ensure access to employment,
– Increase the number of Roma teachers,
– Work with policymakers on changes in curricula development and design,
– Combat anti-Roma sentiment in education,
– Empower and engage Roma communities,
– Increase the impact of REF in policy shaping.
To do so, REF follows four pathways in order to advocate among a broad coalition of stakeholders for its vision:
– Networking, Coalition Building, Gaining Political Support
– Policy shaping
– Creating Platforms for Community Empowerment, Mobilization and Engagement
– Increasing Employment Opportunities
In conveying its policy narrative, REF advocacy stresses a competence and ability-based approach where the main emphasis is placed on the social, economic and political capital of Roma people all over Europe as its largest
minority with considerable political, voting and economic power.